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When a cavity or area of tooth decay goes ignored or unrepaired, it can spread to compromise a large amount of tooth enamel. If the problem is too large to be repaired by a standard filling Dr. McFatter’s most likely course of treatment is to install a crown.

A crown essentially replaces all of the tooth enamel. It can be made from a variety of different materials. The material that Dr. McFatter recommends will take into account the tooth’s primary function and its prevalence in your smile.

Dr. McFatter will start by removing the tooth enamel. This creates an abutment consisting of the dentin and other internal structures of the tooth. Then he will form an impression of the abutment and surrounding teeth. A temporary crown is placed over the abutment and the impression is sent off to a dental lab where your crown will be made.

Dr. McFatter will call you back in when your permanent crown is ready. This appointment will be brief, as he removes the temporary crown and cements your permanent crown in place.

If you have a tooth with a large cavity, you should not delay in calling Dr. McFatter’s office in Thomasville, Georgia at 1-800-521-7275 to schedule an appointment.